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The greatest lessons you learn are not the one you learn through text books
But the greatest lessons you’ll ever learn are the ones nobody will every tell you
Somewhere in the world, is a girl staring at her reflection in the bathroom mirror
Is the same girl who was bullied for the crooked nose and pale skin for a half of an hour?
Somewhere in the world was a girl buying a thousand dollars dress for her wedding
Is the same girl who filed a complaint against domestic violence three month later
Somewhere in the world a girl is killed for rejecting a prom date, a boy is called queer for not dating, whereas somewhere in the world there’s a girl not allowed to step out of her house, and there’s a boy who gets late to school because he’s doing night shifts
But it’s funny how there are awards for full attendance but not for keeping your family off the streets
Somewhere for the lust of money, we’ve forgotten our roots
We’ve forgotten that we stand on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of dead soldiers, on the bones of the fighters.
Somewhere in the world there’s a boy holding a gun, and there’s a boy holding a book
But the States banned only one because it contained F word more than once
You never told us what we weren’t allowed to say. We just learned how to hold our tongues.
The rape word is prohibited because we’re not allowed to talk about explicit stuff in school. We are taught that just because something happens doesn’t mean we are to talk about it
What are you doing with this pen? Why are you writing rebellious poems? Lower your gaze, shut your eyes, stand straight, hands align. You are a girl don’t stay out late, you are a boy, keep away.
Elders never fail, you do. Teachers are always right, what about you?
Everywhere in the world,
The greatest lessons are the ones you won’t even remember teaching us